Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner’s Statement on Passage of State 2016-2017 Budget

“Having a $15 minimum wage that ensures a more suitable and livable wage, securing paid family leave so that families do not have to choose between work or caring for a loved one, ensuring adequate health care through dedicated Medicaid funding, making sure public education and our children have an increase in public school aid and freezing tuition costs for higher education at CUNY and SUNY are all keys towards increasing opportunity and the futures of Bronx families. Also, investments in initiatives like My Brother’s Keeper guarantees that all of New York children will be offered a chance to succeed. My top concern is to lift those facing difficult times out of poverty and the SFY 2016-2017 Budget does just that by leveling the economic and educational playing field for all.
It also expands tax cuts for the middle class and continues support for affordable housing – including protections that make sure that seniors remain in their homes and communities through funding increases for Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) and Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC) programs. This year’s budget puts our families in the 77th Assembly District first by supporting them today and for the future.”
Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner represents the 77th Assembly District, which includes the Claremont, Concourse, Highbridge, Mount Eden and Morris Heights sections of The Bronx. She is currently the Chair of the Subcommittee on Diversity in Law and a founding member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus’ Women of Color Subcommittee. She also serves on the Assembly’s Aging, Consumer Affairs and Protection, Housing, Insurance, Judiciary and Social Services Committees. A champion for families, Assemblywoman Joyner has made her mark both in Albany and in the community on issues ranging from preserving affordable housing and ensuring quality education for all to protecting victims of domestic violence.
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